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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22.10.18: The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-edge aerial surveying technology. In an interview with RTM, project sponsor Paul Ashman talks ab...

HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

18.10.18: Nottingham County Council has agreed to go into partnership with a regeneration specialist to prepare the region for the new East Midlands HS2 station. Nottinghamshire’s selection as the location of the East Midlands HS2 rail hub offe...

Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottleneck in UK

Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottleneck in UK

17.10.18: Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottleneck’ on the Brighton Main Line, known as Britain’s worst railway bottle-neck. The public has been invited to g...

Britain’s worst railway stations for delays and cancellations revealed

Britain’s worst railway stations for delays and cancellations revealed

16.10.18: The worst railway stations in the UK for late trains and cancellations have been revealed, with ten of the busiest seeing over half of all services delayed to some extent this year. A survey from Which? found that Manchester Oxford Road sta...

Electrification to Bristol Parkway takes one step closer as more upgrades completed

Electrification to Bristol Parkway takes one step closer as more upgrades completed

15.10.18: Completion of electrification of lines on the Bristol Parkway route have taken one step closer today following further upgrades by Network Rail. Engineers installed overhead line equipment (OLE), used to hold wires for electrification, allo...

Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12.10.18: Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport secretary’s speech to MPs yesterday. Chris Grayling said he “can’t stand by&rdqu...

TransCityRail 2018: Signalling the future

TransCityRail 2018: Signalling the future

09.10.18: On Thursday, Manchester’s world-famous Principal Hotel played host to the industry’s biggest leaders, decision-makers, and (t)railblazers at the fifth iteration of TransCityRail, in a celebration of the progression of the industry in...

TransCityRail: Top 10 Tweets

TransCityRail: Top 10 Tweets

09.10.18: On Thursday we held our annual rail event focused on driving innovation in the rail industry in the north, TransCityRail (TCR). It was a conference jam-packed with industry leaders and decision-makers, all working in tandem in advancing the cohe...

Burnham: The north needs to move to ‘front of the queue’ for transport investment

Burnham: The north needs to move to ‘front of the queue’ for transport investment

08.10.18: The mayor of Greater Manchester has said that the north of England needs to move to “the front of the queue” for prioritisation of transport investment in order to take advantage of investment in the region. Speaking exclusively...

Rail passengers to receive faster compensation in new ‘one click’ repayment plans

Rail passengers to receive faster compensation in new ‘one click’ repayment plans

01.10.18: Passengers should soon be able to claim compensation for delayed trains more quickly and efficiently following the government’s announcement of a new ‘one click’ automated claims system. The compensation system, available...

£200m investment to upgrade railway in Derby enters final week

£200m investment to upgrade railway in Derby enters final week

01.10.18: Network Rail’s £200m project to upgrade Derby’s railway has entered its final week. Engineering work on the Midland Main Line will end early morning on 8 October, marking the completion of the Derby Resignalling Proje...

Almost a third of passengers fail to claim rail compensation because it was not worth hassle

Almost a third of passengers fail to claim rail compensation because it was not worth hassle

01.10.18: Almost a third of passengers fail to claim compensation for rail delays because it was not worth the effort for the amount they would get back, a new report has found. A massive 31% of passengers who were aware of their eligibility for comp...

Transport for the North and Midlands Connect join forces in new MoU

Transport for the North and Midlands Connect join forces in new MoU

27.09.18: Transport bodies Midlands Connect and Transport for the North (TfN) have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to commit to working together more closely to balancing the UK economy. Midlands Connect’s Maria Machancoses and...

Plans unveiled for Birmingham’s future rail stations

Plans unveiled for Birmingham’s future rail stations

26.09.18: Station plans and artists impressions have been unveiled for new railway stations in Birmingham which will form part of the reopening of the Camp Hill Line. Stations in Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell are the first of several on the line...

ScotRail announces £13m investment to combat autumn weather

ScotRail announces £13m investment to combat autumn weather

26.09.18: ScotRail is investing over £13m in order to combat autumn conditions this year and prevent delays. ScotRail Alliance’s new autumn campaign will see a fleet of specialist trains deployed to clear debris and spray lines with a glu...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ li... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported fai... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks betw... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >